Press Release - Two New Boats From Imaginocean

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  1. Willallison
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    Sydney (Australia) based C.Way Pty Ltd has released details of two exciting but very different projects: an 8 metre superyacht tender and a 47 metre motor yacht. C.Way was set up to build luxurious custom and semi-custom boats in a streamlined and rational way, so that costs can be contained without compromising on quality. C.Way’s first major project, the 37 metre Tango, was partially built at Oceanfast-Austal, before being fitted out by C.Way. Proof that it is possible to build a vessel of the highest quality, without the excesses that are commonplace in the sector.

    The decision to custom build a tender was born out of the need for an attractive, functional day boat that offers protection from the weather, whilst still permitting the enjoyment of water sports. Tasmania-based Imaginocean Yacht Design (IYD) was commissioned to bring the project to fruition. Designer, Will Allison says, “There’s any number of limousine-style tenders out there: but they are a single use vessel. The objective here was to create a practical boat that would serve as a comfortable tender, but also be suitable for a range of other activities”. The result is an edgy-looking 8 metre boat with seating for up to eight guests and crew. IYD employed a combination of aluminum for the hull and structure, with composites for much of the interior, to produce a durable vessel, that is also light enough to be lifted onto the aft deck of the mother ship. Hull number one is currently under construction in Hobart and is due to be launched by the middle of 2012.

    Early on in the tender’s design process, it became apparent that the two firms shared an enthusiasm and vision that would be ideal for the refinement of the motor yacht concept. Allison says, “Even at the larger end of the spectrum, owners are looking for improved efficiency. So we based the design on a longer, lower platform that still remains under the 500GT limit. The longer waterline length allows for higher displacement speeds, with lower fuel consumption; whilst reducing the height improves stability. The motion is more comfortable, with less reliance on active stabilisation and the yacht is simply more pleasant to be aboard. It’s a win-win-win. ”
    The result is a dramatic looking yacht where indoor / outdoor living is the driving force behind the design. There are a variety of spaces that open up to give a connection to the sea that is often missing in larger yachts. In the full-beam main saloon, for instance, the little balconies that are becoming increasingly common these days are eschewed in favour of almost full height windows, that slide back to completely open the interior to the outside. An expansive “beach club”, a second open-air saloon on the upper deck and a foredeck spa / lounge, ensure that there will always be a perfect spot for every occasion.

    The Master Suite is located a half deck down from the Main Saloon and enjoys the full width of the vessel, with his and hers bathrooms, separated by an enormous walk-in robe. Aft and down a few more steps are four en-suite guest cabins. All feature large windows and extensive storage, ensuring that guests will enjoy a comfortable stay.
    The crew are equally well catered for, with four much larger than usual en-suite cabins and a private lounge and galley facilities. From here there is also access to a cavernous lower deck storage space: evidence that this is a yacht designed by and for experienced owners. Further evidence of this is to be found in the galley, which is located immediately up and forward of the Main Saloon. This is surely a chef’s dream come true… instead of the usual cramped facilities, the galley is not only larger than the norm (with yet another large store room) but features direct access to the decks and all of the entertainment spaces. It even has a view!
    With the extensive range of tenders and toys in the water, the upper deck is simply enormous. The aforementioned second saloon opens onto this, and like the main, can be opened up completely on three sides for what must surely be the ultimate place to enjoy an alfresco breakfast. Or, if you prefer the view looking forward, there is an open air bridgedeck that features a second helm.
    C.Way and Imaginocean Yacht Design have created a yacht that promises to be quite unlike anything else in this segment of the market. The high Australian dollar has given C.Way the confidence to build the hull in Asia and fit her out in Australia. They intend to market both Tango and the two new vessels into an international market. This is the time for change in the superyacht industry and the C.Way / Imaginocean team are certainly showing the direction.
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    Thank you for sharing the news here Will.
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    The big boat is above my weight class, so no comment, but a question. Was it difficult to incorporate MLC requirements into the interior accommodations ?

    . The tender looks nice...good wind and spray protection

    Something to consider is that docks are many times , even in non tidal regions, 1 meter 80 above sea level. . Guests have to sit on the dock in their Gucci, then climb down to the tender. Would be nice to address this problem . Perhaps A blunt bow Garvey shape, rigged for front fold onto the beach loading and with a fold up set of steps for high dock, bow on , loading.

    Also those transom corners are a bit sharp..aggressive .

    many times a Mega yacht that size will be anchored offshore in substantial chop . Wave wash over the stern of the tender from passing vessels might be an issue.
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    If you look on the aft starboard there are a couple of steps with handholds that should make debarking easy, even on a high dock.

    I agree the transom though looks like it could be wet. Even a skirt at the transition from the platform would help solve.

    I would also prefer a way to get to the top deck (have to put the antennas on a mast), since in my experience this is where people most want to hang out. Just a spiral staircase, and a lounge area for sun bathing would suffice.
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    Michael - I assume you mean the absurdly onerous (proposed) new crew regulations.... These apply most stringently to larger vessels (over 500GT if memeory serves me correctly), so will not prove a problem for this craft. However, she features rather more generous crew facilities than you would typically find on a vessel of 47 metres.

    Re the tender - As Stumble noted, there is good access to & from the boat for guests to higher docks via the side deck. Of course, the beauty of custom building is that anything is possible... if foredeck access was required for guests, I'd redesign the windscreen with a hinge-up centre section.

    Yes - the aft corners are sharp in the render. In reality, these will be well radiussed with substantial fendering that wraps around and runs forward a bit over a metre along either side.

    The design brief called for a hardtop tender with a weight and dimensions such that it could be lifted onto the deck of an existing vessel. That necessitated the step down into the cockpit from the platform. In this particular boats area of operations, I don't foresee water coming over the aft end as a problem, but if it was, then a simple barge-board arrangement would be a simple fix.

    Stumble - these are preliminary images - and a simple deck area on the 'lid' is planned in the next update. I'm thinking of having stairs that lower down from the ceiling, much like many houses have to gain access to their roof-spaces.

    Thanks for the thoughts guys...:)
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    In high density yachting locations tender access to the dock is problematic. Wedging between stern too mega yachts then loading, offloading over the bow is common. The fendering is nice...will it leave black skid marks ?

    Many times tenders must anchor and go stern a good anchor system with a powerful chain wash...harbour bottoms and soft black poop.

    How and where does the tender load ? via crane ?

    Tenders are very specialized craft. Fascinating to see them in St Tropez or Porto Cervo. In either Australia or New Zealand is an innovative company specializing in highly detailed Mega yacht tenders and toys. Must be a good business...some of these custom tenders are million dollar boats.

    and those nesting anchors behind doors on the BIG BOY are a shipyards dream....always under service and being resprayed at the same time as the chain drags on the stem are being filled and faired out !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Great looking pair!! nice work Will.
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    Michael - yes, I agree... tenders do tend to be very specialised craft... and that (to some extent) is the exact purpose of this boat. It's not simply intended to be a single purpose boat... useless for anything other than coming to and from shore.
    No, the collar won't leave black marks!
    Yes... loading by crane.

    As to the anchor on the 47... well... you'll just have to wait and see what I have planned there...
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    On the BIG BOY make sure you incorarate somekinda fairleed on the stem to hande a "J " hook for clearing fouled anchors. Clearing A fouled anchor in a tight port is a drama for the big boys with topside nested anchors. .
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    Imaginocean Press Release

    Congratulations, Will! Great work.....
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    The superyacht is beyond my pay grade. The tender is very kind on the eyes. I would not pass by it at a boat show without asking for a brochure... and the price :)

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    Thanks guys....:)
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